BasketBull HOF National Invitational Day 1 Rundown
Top teams, players from around the country gather in Springfield
It was a strong first day at the BasketBull Hall of Fame National Invitational, with several strong performances tipping off the live July period.
Day 1 Standouts:
Andre Drummond (Connecticut Basketball Club): was hampered by foul trouble in the first game against Mass Rivals and not needed in the other (vs. Albany City Rocks) as CBC went 2-0. Drummond did hit an amazing over the back board shot and few three pointers in his limited minutes.
Noah Vonleh (Mass Rivals): was great, as he played point forward most of the day, averaging 14 points per game against CBC and TP Elite's B team.
Laurent Firlotte (East Coast Elite): was a sniper as he came out firing with 4-threes in the first half and finished with 24-points overall as East Coast Elite defeated NH Rivals.
Kris Dunn (Connecticut Basketball Club): controlled the game with Drummond on the bench and scored 19-points a game for the day.
Dimitri Coronel (Metro Boston): played very well, controlling the paint and scoring when needed; averaged a double-double for the day against Connecticut Hoops Dreams and QC United.
News and Notes:
- Andre Drummond is up in the air about next year and where he will go to school. CBC coach JR Hargreaves had this to say about the situation: "We are just trying to figure all of that out right now."
- Five-Star No. 9 Terry Porter Elite will be flying in today to square off with No. 17 New England Playaz, and will play single games the rest of the event.
- Akoosa Maduegbunam of Expressions was recently offered and will be accepting a scholarship to Penn State, per his AAU coach.
- Tom Badja from CBC will play for Winchendon Prep this fall. The Stratford, Conn. native will be a good addition for them.
- Riley Kirsch, 6-5 forward from Expressions will be doing a post-grad year at South Kent next fall.
- Ben Millaud-Meunier, 2012 guard formerly of Brookwood Elite in Canada will play this July in the states for East Coast Elite. "He already has some mid-majors who have seen him and want to see more, so he's moved in with family in Massachusetts to play here," East Coast Elite coach Shawon Moncrief told us.
- West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was front row to watch Ricky Ledo and then Andre Drummond. UConn, Pitt Providence and several other Big East Schools were also on hand.
- All in all there were over 75 coaches in attendance from every conference on the East Coast.